The 2014 World An­i­ma­tion & VFX Sum­mit Awards

An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine

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The World An­i­ma­tion & VFX and Sum­mit and are proud to honor six of the most ac­com­plished peo­ple and com­pa­nies in the in­dus­try. The event or­ga­niz­ers and mag­a­zine’s staff chose the hon­orees for the breadth and depth of their con­tri­bu­tions to the art, tech­nol­ogy and business of an­i­ma­tion and visual ef­fects. The hon­orees will be cel­e­brated Nov. 2 at the Open­ing Night Gala of the World An­i­ma­tion & VFX Sum­mit at the Cal­i­for­nia Yacht Club in Ma­rina del Rey. Founder, Gotham Group

Ellen Gold­smith-Vein is the owner and CEO of The Gotham Group, a mul­ti­fac­eted man­age­ment and pro­duc­tion company. As a pro­ducer, she re­cently had back-to-back No. 1 open­ing films with No Good Deed and The Maze Run­ner. She was nom­i­nated for an Emmy and won an An­nie in 2008 for the Amer­i­can ver­sion of Aard­man’s Creature Com­forts se­ries. She pre­vi­ously was pres­i­dent of an­i­ma­tion and fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment at Artists Man­age­ment Group and an ex­ec­u­tive at Nel­vana, Wil­liam Mor­ris Agency and At­las Man­age­ment. A grad­u­ate of UCLA and Hollins Col­lege, she is on the board of NAB/ NFC for the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee and is a mem­ber of Blue Rib­bon, which sup­ports the Los An­ge­les Mu­sic Cen­ter. Founder of Film Ro­man

Phil Ro­man is the founder of Film Ro­man, an award-win­ning stu­dio that started out pro­duc­ing ac­claimed Garfield TV spe­cials in 1984 be­fore be­com­ing the orig­i­nal an­i­ma­tion house for Fox’s The Simp­sons and King of the Hill. Win­ner of six Em­mys, Ro­man be­gan his ca­reer in an­i­ma­tion in 1955 as an as­sis­tant an­i­ma­tor on Sleep­ing Beauty. He con­trib­uted to count­less TV com­mer­cials and worked at Warner Bros., UPA and MGM. For Film Ro­man, he pro­duced a the­atri­cal Tom and Jerry movie and has many TV cred­its. Film Ro­man went pub­lic in 1996, and Ro­man sold his in­ter­est in the company in 1999, found­ing the new Phil Ro­man En­ter­tain­ment. He is an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the CG-an­i­mated fea­ture El Amer­i­cano: The Movie, slated for an early 2015 the­atri­cal re­lease.

Pro­ducer, DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion

Bon­nie Arnold is the pro­ducer of DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion’s hit How to Train Your Dragon fran­chise, the sec­ond in­stall­ment of which is one of this year’s big­gest hits. Ac­com­plished in nearly ev­ery genre, she pro­duced Sony Pic­tures Clas­sics’ The Last Sta­tion, which was nom­i­nated for two Os­cars. She also pro­duced DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion’s Over the Hedge, Dis­ney’s Tarzan and Pixar’s Toy Story. Arnold’s first en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try job was as unit pub­li­cist for Amer­i­can Play­house’s King of Amer­ica. She then worked with in­de­pen­dent film­mak­ers via the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute and the At­lanta In­de­pen­dent Film and Video Fes­ti­val. Arnold is a mem­ber of the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences as well as the Pro­duc­ers Guild of Amer­ica.

Es­tab­lished in 1994, Ru­bi­con Group Hold­ing is a mul­ti­fac­eted or­ga­ni­za­tion de­voted to sto­ry­telling across all plat­forms. With world-class tal­ent and patented tech­nol­ogy, RGH works in film and TV an­i­ma­tion, themed en­ter­tain­ment, dig­i­tal games, ed­u­ca­tional me­dia, con­sumer prod­ucts and vir­tual vo­ca­tional train­ing. RGH En­ter­tain­ment re­leased its first the­atri­cal fea­ture dur­ing the sum­mer of 2014, Post­man Pat: The Movie, a joint ven­ture with Clas­sic Me­dia. RGH’s flag­ship project, Pink Pan­ther and Pals (co-pro­duced with MGM,) pre­miered in 2010 on Car­toon Net­work world­wide and earned mul­ti­ple awards and ac­co­lades. Founder and group CEO Randa S. Ay­oubi leads the cor­po­ra­tion, which em­ploys more than 400 peo­ple in Am­man, Jor­dan; Los An­ge­les; Manila, The Philip­pines; and Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates.

Since 1984, Jim Cum­mings has given life and voice to some of Amer­ica’s most beloved car­toon char­ac­ters, earn­ing nom­i­na­tions for mul­ti­ple Em­mys and an An­nie Award. Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Cum­mings spent Satur­day morn­ings riv­eted to the TV screen as he mim­icked the char­ac­ters in his fa­vorite cartoons, dream­ing that one day he would voice them him­self. Th­ese days, Cum­mings is one of the best-known voiceover ac­tors in an­i­ma­tion. He has worked ex­ten­sively for Dis­ney and Warner Brothers, voic­ing such clas­sic char­ac­ters as Win­nie the Pooh, Tig­ger, Dark­wing Duck and the Taz­ma­nian Devil, as well as lend­ing his voice to fea­ture films and tele­vi­sion shows for vir­tu­ally ev­ery stu­dio in the business.

David Sil­ver­man is a four-time Emmy-win­ning di­rec­tor, best known for di­rect­ing nu­mer­ous episodes of the an­i­mated TV se­ries The Simp­sons as well as The Simp­sons Movie. Sil­ver­man was in­volved with the se­ries from the very be­gin­ning, an­i­mat­ing all of the orig­i­nal short Simp­sons cartoons that aired on The Tracey Ull­man Show. He and went on to serve as di­rec­tor of an­i­ma­tion for sev­eral years on The Simp­sons. He also di­rected the The Simp­sons Movie, and co-di­rected Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. In 2012, Sil­ver­man di­rected the the­atri­cal short The Long­est Day­care, star­ring Mag­gie Simp­son, which was nom­i­nated for the Academy Award for Best An­i­mated Short Film.

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